Ninth grade students are required to pass English I. Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students are required to pass English II, English III and English IV and may take semesterized courses in addition to those courses. NJ Common Core Standards are addressed in all English courses. Summer reading is required in all full-year courses.
English I is taught using the Reading/Writing Workshop model. Half of each week is spent on writing
instruction, while the other half is dedicated to the study of literature—short stories, the novel, drama and
poetry, as well as non-fiction. Students are introduced to several writing modes, including research.
Independent reading is required throughout the year. As students write more extensively, they become more
critical readers, and as they read more, they learn to identify and incorporate the tools of master writers.
Focuses on American Literature: short stories, poems, essays, plays, and novels, and includes authors from the colonial period through the 21st Century. Additional study will include writing, research, speaking, vocabulary, and discussion.
This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Core and Common Core Standards.
*AP English Language
and Composition HON
Offered by invitation only to juniors who display special ability in English, this course allows students to write
in many forms - narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative - on many different subjects from
personal experiences to public policies, from imaginative literature to popular culture. Offered by invitation
only to juniors who display special ability in English. Equivalent to a first year college course, students taking
this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement test in Language and
Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their test scores and
individual college policy. *Offered as BCC Cap Course.
English III ACC, CP, MOD
Focuses on British Literature: short stories, poems, plays, essays, and novels, stressing all the language skills in reading and writing as well as critical thinking and listening. Periods studied range from the Anglo-Saxons to the 21st Century. The work in this course will involve lecture, composition, research, oral presentations, vocabulary, SAT preparation and special projects.
*AP English Literature
and Composition HON
Offered by invitation only to seniors who display special ability in English. Equivalent to a first year college
English course, students taking this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement
Test in Literature and Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon
their test scores and individual college policy. *Offered as BCC Cap Course.
English IV ACC, CP, MOD
Focuses on World Literature and builds on language skills previously developed. Emphasis is on literature as a reflection of the culture that produced it. This course continues to stress writing, critical thinking, and vocabulary.
English I, II, III, IV PR
Emphasis is on remediation of weaknesses in reading, writing, and vocabulary development. At all levels,
students will develop and learn to apply skills to "real life" situations. Available through the Child Study Team.
Individual Studies I PR
Designed for students in need of individualized or small group instruction in study skills. Areas of study
include note-taking, outlining, test taking skills, organization, listening skills, following directions, and use of
technology to complete research. Students will begin self-advocacy portfolios to provide insight and reflection
about their learning styles and personality traits. These students will also receive support in their academic
classes. Available through the Child Study Team.
Individual Studies II PR
Focuses on self-advocacy, communication and appropriate social interaction. Continuation of advanced study
skills as well as English and math preparation. Students will explore post-secondary interests and
continue to expand upon their self-advocacy portfolios. These students will also receive support in their
academic classes. Available through the Child Study Team.
Individual Studies III PR
Includes career exploration and post-secondary preparation, civic duties, life skills and SAT prep,
when appropriate. Emphasis will be placed on making the transition from high school meaningful and
successful. These students will also receive support for their academic classes. Available through the Child
Designed for students in need of individual, small group, and direct instruction in the area of reading. Individualized instructional approaches are utilized based on the identified needs of the students. Available through the Child Study Team.
SEMESTERIZED ENGLISH COURSES
Creative Writing ACC
Designed for students who like to write and wish to learn more about how to express themselves imaginatively in the short story, the poem, and the one-act play. In addition to the study of particular literary devices and techniques, there is much reading and keeping of personal journals as sources of ideas. Students are encouraged to submit their work in contests and in publications. A command of basic writing skills is necessary.
Concentrates on various world mythologies demonstrating universal archetypes and themes. These themes are reviewed and discussed through various readings as well as writing and speaking assignments. Works will include worldwide multi-cultural myths as well as classical mythologies.
Public Speaking ACC
Helps students acquire confidence and poise before an audience. Emphasis is on organization, structure,
research, and delivery of speeches. Techniques for effective speaking are stressed. Students are encouraged to develop original thoughts into effective public messages.
SAT Prep ACC
Prepares students for the verbal and math sections of the SAT. Nine weeks will be spent on verbal and nine
weeks on math. The critical reading, writing, vocabulary, and logical reasoning skills needed on the SAT will
be addressed. Specific test-taking strategies for the SAT will also be presented. Completing this course is in no way a guarantee of desired results on the SAT. Open to second semester sophomores, all juniors, and first semester seniors. Credits will not count toward English or Math requirements for graduation. Students will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will complete a portfolio of practice tests, work samples, and skill sets
which will be assessed by the instructor using a pre-established rubric. This is a pass/fail course.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The three year program of study presented by the Lenape District is designed to meet the needs of all students whose first language is not English and who qualify as limited English proficient according to state guidelines.
An introduction to the phonetic and grammatical construction of the English language. All activities are
centered around improving listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Emphasis is on students becoming
communicative and able to function in everyday situations. If it is determined that the student needs two
periods of English a day, 10 credits can be obtained by taking ESL I as a high intensity course.
Builds on knowledge acquired either in ESL I or background experience. Techniques will be practiced to
improve reading comprehension, speaking skills through directed conversation, listening skills through audio
materials, and writing short paragraphs.
Advanced ESL addresses the needs of those students who are competent enough in English to excel at high
content level courses but have not passed state guidelines to be exited from ESL. Much emphasis is placed on
writing and some literature is read. Final exiting from the program will be individually based using tools
recommended by state requirements.